Anna Fedorova

I am a freelance journalist, copywriter and editor with nearly a decade of experience, specialising in finance and investment in the UK and Europe.

Boohoo scandal ‘poses challenge' to ESG ratings

The slavery scandal engulfing fast fashion brand Boohoo has highlighted the challenge asset managers face when trying to pick stocks for an ESG portfolio, especially when it comes to the social pillar that gained prominence in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic Since the pandemic hit, numerous pieces of research have indicated that the ‘S’ in ESG has become more important for investors and greater attention is now being paid to how companies treat their workers. Boohoo is one of the most promin

BlackRock updates on engagement progress since January ESG pledge

BlackRock has published a report on how it has ramped up its climate-related engagement with companies in carbon-intensive sectors, six months after outlining its fresh commitment to ESG within its investment framework In its first report on BlackRock Investment Stewardship’s approach to sustainability, the world’s biggest asset manager for the first time published detailed information on its engagement and voting practices in 2020 so far. In January, the $7trn AUM manager made a commitment to

Industry bemoans lack of support for green projects in Covid-19 recovery plans

Industry bemoans lack of support for green projects in Covid-19 recovery plans Governments must not allow the Covid-19 crisis to shift their priorities away from climate change mitigation, as experts warn that only a small proportion of fiscal stimulus announced in response to the pandemic can be considered “green” In its Green Weekly Insight report, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) warned that rising debt levels as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could hinder investment in cl

The complete low-down on ISAs

Taxes…who actually likes paying taxes? Nobody. We all know they’re important, but no one actually likes to see hundreds of pounds going into the government’s coffers. Well, today we will give you a crash course in one of the best ways to keep the taxman’s hands off your hard-earned pennies: the humble ISA. As ever, let’s start with the basics. The term ISA stands for ‘individual savings account’. It allows you to save or invest a set amount of money every tax year.

Three-point action plan to take a stand against racism

Three-point action plan to take a stand against racism In a heartfelt speech on YouTube, Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, founder of Redington and spokesman for the #talkaboutblack campaign, issued a call to action for companies and individuals to unite in their effort to eradicate racism and make the world a fairer place Speaking as part of the #talkaboutblack campaign, which brings together asset management professionals to drive change in the industry, Konotey-Ahulu said this is the first time in human

E, S or G: Which drives outperformance?

In a paper entitled Deconstructing ESG Ratings Performance, MSCI has taken a deep dive into the impact of ESG factors on the performance of companies in different sectors The aim of the research was to determine whether the governance factor (the G in ESG) is the most important driver of performance for companies, and whether the weighting of E, S and G factors makes any difference to long-term performance. MSCI’s findings clearly show that while the G in ESG has more impact on companies’ perf

ESG investing = Easy, Special, Good?

Even if you’re not an investment guru, you may well have heard of ESG. More and more financial headlines are sporting this acronym and everyone seem to be talking about it. But what does it actually mean and is it relevant for you? Like many other things in the world of investing, the first step is to unravel the acronym. ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. These are three pillars that influence an investment style that aims to, for lack of a better term, make the world a better place.

Space exploration as a niche investment sector

For many decades, space has been humanity’s ultimate final frontier. Back in the 1960s space exploration was a key item on the agendas of the world’s most powerful governments. In fact, the US government used to spend up to 4% of its federal budget on advances in rocketry. Since then, however, governments have focused on more immediate challenges here on Earth. Yet the last 10 years have seen a resurgence in this area with a new and powerful player coming on the scene: the successful entrepreneu

Sustainable investments prove, well, sustainable

Sustainable investments are standing up. Throughout the recent market carnage, data from Morningstar shows investment funds targeting companies that care about the environment, society and good governance have outperformed those that don’t. Thus, it seems, sustainable investment is living up to all definitions of the term. Here at New Money, we’ve known for a while that sustainable investments aren’t just about doing the ‘right’ thing: it could also make you more money in the long-run. We saw p

Freelance life during coronavirus: Financial lives less ordinary

For the last few years Martina has been living the freelance life dream, running a successful online translation business remotely while traveling the world and spending lots of time outdoors. Then the coronavirus reared its ugly head. Like other freelancers around the world, Martina is now worried about her prospects as the Covid-19 crisis worsens. With the company registered in Italy, one of the worst-hit countries so far, she is entitled to a meagre €600 one-off handout from the government t

Top 5 ethical stocks & shares ISAs

One of the best and easiest ways to invest your money in accordance with your principles is by opening a Stocks & Shares ISA. An ISA is an Individual Savings Account which allows you to put up to £20,000 into savings every year tax-free. A Stocks & Shares ISA lets you invest this money in active or passive funds, investment trusts, as well as individual bonds and stocks. The tax-free wrapper means you don’t pay any capital gains tax on the money you make from your investments. To open an ISA, y

Saving cash as a digital nomad: Financial lives less ordinary

Like an increasing number of millennials, I recently quit my job, swapped my flat for a van and left the UK to travel around Europe, eventually becoming a so-called digital nomad. My partner and I thought we would only be able to afford this for a year at most. But two years down the line, we are still on the road. Having spent seven years working in London as a financial journalist, I was lucky to be able to take my job freelance and work from anywhere. But the more we travel, the more I learn

Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs): a passive path to invest along

A particularly popular type of exchange-traded product with investors recently has been exchange-trade commodities (ETC), as volatile markets caused a flight to safety – and therefore into gold. In fact, gold has been so popular that its price soared to an eight-year high, touching £1,176 on 30 July, according to online and mobile-app trading platform BullionVault. Over the year to 2 August, gold exchange traded products (ETP) have taken in €6.2bn, according to TrackInsight. At times like these

Don't Give Up on Active Managers Just Yet

You have been redirected here from Hemscott.com as we are merging our websites to provide you with a one-stop shop for all your investment research needs.To search for a security, type the name or ticker in the search box at the top of the page and select from the dropdown results.Registered Hemscott users can log in to Morningstar using the same login details. Similarly, if you are a Hemscott Premium user, you now have a Morningstar Premium account which you can access using the same login deta

What are the Alternatives to Absolute Return Funds?

You have been redirected here from Hemscott.com as we are merging our websites to provide you with a one-stop shop for all your investment research needs.To search for a security, type the name or ticker in the search box at the top of the page and select from the dropdown results.Registered Hemscott users can log in to Morningstar using the same login details. Similarly, if you are a Hemscott Premium user, you now have a Morningstar Premium account which you can access using the same login deta

One in three European equity funds to be focused on ESG by 2030

Analysts predict ESG investing in EU equities will rise by up to €1.1bn by the end of the decade In a paper looking at the future of ESG investing, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) has predicted that assets under management in ESG equity funds based in Europe will rise by €1trn by 2030. Over the past two years, flows into ESG funds have gone up eight-fold, while the number of ESG funds available in the market now surpasses 1,000, a 40-times increase in the past decade. Europe is the...
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